“We’re the bridge between artists and their dream”

Married Gold Coast couple Nancy Donaldson and Jarrod Knight help artworks find their forever home with their online shopping site Art Lovers Australia

 Nancy and Jarod from Art Lovers Australia. Nancy and Jarod have a shared love of Art and a genuine desire to see artists thrive.

How did Art Lovers Australia come about? 

Jarrod: We’re both artists. Nancy’s an art teacher and I studied at the Queensland College of Art. We know a lot of artists and between us, we’ve been to a hell of a lot of exhibitions. We realised that after an exhibition, the art goes away to a space where it can’t be seen anymore. We love the idea of giving these artworks a longer life. 

Nancy: There are all these artists out there who have wonderful works that just aren’t being seen. From a buyer’s perspective, people don’t have time to get to all the exhibitions— we love it and we can only get to one a week— so it’s great to go online and be exposed to thousands of artworks. 

 Dinah Wakefield's 'Sand Drift 1' Dinah Wakefield's 'Sand Drift 1' inspired by the light, colours and natural beauty of the Noosa region of Australia.

What has been the experience of the artists?

Nancy: With my teaching background, I love mentoring people and our artists feel very loved.  We don’t just accept anyone on our site. We’re quite curated. Now we have artists who since being featured on our website have been able to transition into their art practice full time because they are able to make an income. It’s good to see people being able to pursue their passions full time. 

 Laural Retz’s Pop-surreal ‘Prettier in Pink’  We love the use of iconic Luna Park and humorous details of Laural Retz’s Pop-surreal ‘Prettier in Pink’.

How about the experience for buyers? 

Nancy: We have a lot of clients who have followed us for a long time so when they are renovating or wanting to revamp their space, bring some different energy in, they trust us and come back to the site. A lot of people call me personally or send me their photos and say, ‘hey, I need something for this room,’ and they want to talk it through with someone who has got an eye. People just want to make sure that their space is finished beautifully with original art. 

 Kellie North’s ‘Sound of Silence V’  Kellie North’s ‘Sound of Silence V’ explores the deep inner calm and serenity of silence.

How do you choose what to sell on Art Lovers Australia? 

Nancy: We look for beautiful and interesting art, at the moment we have almost 400 artists represented on the site. We want to see that the artist is working consistently and that they’re growing because that’s how their value as an artist is going to continue to grow. 

 Susan Skuse’s Secluded Glade, Ring Necked Parrot. Layers of colour and pattern create the beauty in Susan Skuse’s Secluded Glade, Ring Necked Parrot.

What’s your top advice for picking art for the home? 

Nancy: You should always follow your heart. There are pieces in my own home that some of my friends love and other people will come over and say, ‘Do you really like that!?’ I’m confident in my own taste, so I don’t mind. If a person isn’t so confident, I suggest educating yourself by looking through a lot of art.  We have a client who collects on a theme. She supports Australian female artists and she likes vibrant colour, so everything in her house can sit together as a collection. I love that.

 Belinda Nadwie’s abstract ‘Time to Love’ Belinda Nadwie’s abstract ‘Time to Love’ delightfully expresses the emotional, psychological and spiritual experience of life.

What is your own collection like? 

Jarrod: We have more art than we have wall space.

Nancy: It’s very eclectic. Sometimes we see an artist where they don’t even know how good they are yet. If we can give them encouragement by buying their art so they’ll have some money in their pocket to keep going that’s great. We love supporting young artists.

 Franko’s remix of popular culture references in Condensed Miss M.  We love Franko’s remix of popular culture references in Condensed Miss M.

What do you do in your spare time? 

Jarrod: We live in a really beautiful part of the world so we try to keep a balance between being online all the time and just getting out and in the fresh air. 

Nancy: We love going for swims, we love going to the movies… anything arty!

 Lesley Taylor’s ‘Lust’ Lesley Taylor’s ‘Lust’ brings the attitude of pop and street art into the home with a colourful flair.

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